MAASIN CITY – With the eruption of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) rippling full force across the world, safety becomes the top priority and the prospect of a temporary quarantine facility is looming nowadays to prevent the spread of the virus among the community.
In order to address issues on lodging with our locally stranded individuals (LSIs), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Southern Leyte Chapter here has crafted a unique quarantine program scheme that will not just cater the influx of returning Maasinhons, but will also provide LSIs some productive learning skills while in isolation.
In an interview with PRC Administrator Jonas Maco on Friday, June 5, the agency is ready to launch their program dubbed as “Red Cross 143 Covid-19 Skills Camp …14 days in a Quarantine.” on Monday, June 8.
The official claimed that they are committed to build a total of thirty (30) tents in barangay Danao, Maasin City, that will serve as quarantine facility for the returning LSIs. During the quarantine period, stranded individuals have the opportunity to stay productive while they’re in their 14 days quarantine by undertaking relevant training such as Emergency First-Aid training, Basic Life Support training, spiritual retreat, psychosocial support, among others.
Covid Skills Camp is the first-ever initiative launched by PRC – Southern Leyte Chapter in coordination with the local government of Maasin, and other national-line agencies such as the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Health (DOH), etc.
“We offered programs for them not to be bored and enjoy while staying at safe quarantine facility,” Maco said.
Meanwhile, Maco thanked all the donors and those who pledged to give cash or in-kind donations.
Apart from the installation of covid tents for LSIs, the humanitarian organization is also committed to their other Covid-19 programs such as the distribution of drumvatory hand washing stations and providing hotmeals to frontliners.